Monday, January 6, 2014

"The Adventure Bible Storybook" Deluxe Edition Review

Adventure Awaits!
The Adventure Bible Storybook starts children on the journey of a lifetime, introducing them to some of the greatest stories of the Bible! Bold, beautiful illustrations bring the fifty action-packed stories to life as readers encounter fun, exciting themes of discovery, imagination, and suspense---everything you’d expect from a fantastic adventure.

This deluxe edition enhances the Bible reading experience with audio CDs that include multiple character voices, music, and sound effects. The Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition stimulates children’s minds and fills their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.

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About the Author:

Catherine DeVries is a writer and editor. She has been influential in the development of many bestselling children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks including The Adventure Bible, The Beginner’s Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible. She is also the author of My Time with God and many articles that have been published in professional magazines and journals. Catherine lives with her husband and three children in Colorado.

About the Illustrator:
Jim Madsen has been illustrating for the past fifteen years. He has worked on more than fifty books, including the most recent updates to the NIV Adventure Bible and the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers.

My Take:

We have a lot of Bible storybooks at our house. Some are fantastic, and others are only OK.

I would have to say that the Adventure Bible Storybook is closer to the fantastic side of things rather than just OK. It's not the absolute best, but it is better than most.

One thing that I think makes this storybook Bible so good is the illustrations. They just seem to jump off the page. I am not a fan of cartoon-y Bible storybook illustrations, and this book is definitely illustrated very well.

The stories are written well, too.  The stories selected are mostly the ones that are more 'adventurous' (hence, the name of the book), but it has a solid selection that paints the complete picture of the Bible. Two things I look for in every Bible storybook that I review is whether each story has a corresponding Bible reference (each story in this one does) and how the storybook portrays Christ's life, death, and resurrection. There are many stories included in this storybook about Christ's life, and the stories about his death and resurrection were written biblically. This Bible storybook even includes some stories about Paul (my husband loved the map of the journeys of Paul!), and about Jesus coming back again someday.

That being said, this is a storybook. Some of the stories are a bit fictionalized in their telling, but I find this to be true of most Bible storybooks. Obviously, Bible storybooks do not replace the real thing, but they can be good to give kids more of a picture of what is happening in the Bible.

Each story in this book has a follow-up adventure-type fact and Bible verse to go along with it. Older children would probably have more interest in this than my four-year-old daughter did, but it was still an interesting thing to add to each Bible story.

My daughter's favorite part of this book is definitely the accompanying CDs. She plays them in her CD player and loves to follow along with each story. The various voices enhance the CDs even more.

Overall, this is a nice Bible storybook that will be added to our bedtime rotation of Bible storybooks in the months and years to come!

I will give The Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition ... 4 BookWorms.

The Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition
by Catherine DeVries
Illustrated by Jim Madsen
Zonderkidz Publishers
Ages 4-7
Publication date: October 9, 2013

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zonderkidz. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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